Michael may not have been in the building on Winter Showcase Day 3, but the Jordan’s who took the court certainly did their best to live up to His Airness’ legacy. Three NBA G League Jordan’s scored 30 points or more, an NBA assignee continued to prepare for more minutes at the next level and a former First-Team All-ACC member arguably had one of his best games at the professional level.
Here’s a look at five of the top performers from day three in Las Vegas.
Jordan Sibert, Erie BayHawks: There may be cooler temperatures in Las Vegas, but Sibert heated things up rather quickly. The number seven proved to be ever so lucky for the NBA G League/international veteran in this one. He knocked down seven shots from long range and cashed in on a perfect seven free-throws, all en route to pouring in a career-high 34 points. The guard’s unstoppable offensive ways helped put the exclamation point on Erie’s second victory of the week. He picked the ideal time for a breakout game, way up from his usual 12.8 points per contest.
Elie Okobo, Northern Arizona Suns: Standing tall as a main attraction for Northern Arizona will certainly help Okobo get primed and ready for whenever Phoenix throws more substantial minutes his way again. Utilizing his time in Las Vegas as a means to come into his own as a true floor general, this young gun tallied 21 points and kept defenders’ heads on a swivel while dishing out 14 assists. Such unselfishness could bode him well in the NBA, when he continues to benefit from all the offensive firepower taking the court with him on a nightly basis.
Jordan Loyd, Raptors 905: Playing alongside NBA G League scoring leader Chris Boucher this season, Loyd has had to find other ways besides scoring the ball to shine. He has good instincts and can defend multiple positions, and knows how to keep his eyes peeled for teammates cutting to the basket. Needless to say, he’s an unselfish player who leaves it all out there on both ends of the floor. With Boucher strutting his stuff in Toronto at the next level, the 905 called upon Loyd to take center stage as the lights shined brightest on him. Loyd led the way with 33 points, 7 assists, and 7 steals in his team’s win on Friday.
CJ Fair, Windy City Bulls: Fair asserted his physicality and demonstrated some fancy footwork to make his way inside and cash in on high percentage looks on Friday. He made the paint his home and simply went to work in Windy City’s impressive victory. He led the way with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks, representing team best marks in every category. More impressive than all of that was the efficient rate at which he scored the basketball — Fair shot 9 of 11 and connected on 8 free-throws.
Jordan McRae, Capital City Go-Go: Michael wasn’t around, but it was clear that the Jordan’s dancing and prancing in Las Vegas did their best to live up to his legacy. McRae represents the third Jordan to score 30+ points, after he tallied 30 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals in Capital City’s matinee victory. Playing on a two-way contract has allowed this NBA champion to really come out of his shell offensively, and his most recent scoring explosion is just further evidence of that.
Play of the Day: Devin Robinson, Capital City Go-Go: Though McRae was firing from all cylinders, he still found time to sneak a behind the back pass to Two-Way mate Devin Robinson for the monster slam seen below.